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Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 1,709 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Note: This hike has two starting points. This route follows the trail's alternative trailhead off of Mitchell Canyon Road. The main trailhead begins at the end of Regency Drive and Mountaire Parkway. Limited parking is available on Regency Drive. Parking at Regency Drive is for residents only and you may get a ticket. Paid parking is available at Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center for $6. Winter and spring rains create scenic waterfalls in this hike at Mount Diablo, the East Bay's signature peak. While Mount Diablo State Park is best known for towering vistas from the mountain's twin East Bay summits, the seasonal rains that visit the San Francisco Bay Area every year create several scenic waterfalls in the mountain's rugged canyons.

Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

California State Parks Page. http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=517 Mount Diablo State Park: 925-837-2525

This route can be very muddy; try to wait a few days after the most recent rain to give the trails a chance to dry out.

This trail can be accessed from the Mitchell Canyon Trailhead.

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sandy v
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HikingRocky

If you are a beginner for hiking then this trail is extremely difficult. Make sure to carry plenty of WATER mainly in summer. The trail is up and down over couple of hills, so it seems you have reached destination after every hill but you realize there is a long way to go. Just to give an example after the trail it showed 185 floors climbed in my iPhone. The views are very beautiful and calm breeze is very relaxing over the top of hills. Recommend to go with company, have not seen any crowd. Be well prepared, would not be a random trail over the weekend.

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Cindy Yanez
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The trail was awesome but if you are going on August there is no waterfall. Btw it’s very hot ! So stay hydrated!

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Andrea Marquez
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This trail was extremely beautiful. I took a first date here and made the mistake of thinking it would be a nice little walk. Get ready to sweat and walk until your legs feel like noodles. I only went from point to point and it took around 4 or 5 hours to complete. We went in late summer so the waterfalls had dried up but there were tiny streams following the trails. Make sure to be prepared if going on this hike. Skipolinis pizza is in downtown Clayton and I recommend it for a well deserved reward afterwards.

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Resha Shrestha
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Hiking

The hike would have been good if the weather was great. But during the hot weekend we were just walking around all drained out! No waterfall to view! I had to take multiple breaks as all my energy was sucked out by the hot sun, no shades at all!

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Diwash Bhusal
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This is one of the trails you should only do in winter. We did it last saturday and the trail was hot as hell, there are shades but the dry air and slight elevation made up stop frequently for water breaks. There was one spot with a nice rock and shade, perfect for a lunch break but besides that the trail was pretty much just walking without views or waterfalls.

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Praveen Suggala
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It’s an amazing experience and few slightly challenging spots but it’s really worth when we finally see water falls and drink that water . Beautiful views and worth the experience

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Jessica Laprade-smith
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Parking is $6 unless you park in the neighborhood but adds another mile to the hike. bathrooms were fairly nice and they have a garden with markers at the visitor center. Want to come back in winter to actually see the waterfalls

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Yasmin Karimi
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Only worth hiking in the winter/spring when the hills are green and waterfalls are flowing. Otherwise it's just brown grass and the waterfalls are dry trickles.

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Vika Pereyda
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Hiking

Lots of ticks, be careful and make sure to check afterwards. Otherwise very pretty views and nice shady spots. Parking at regency drive it permit only, one spot down the road isn’t.

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Scott Hamilton
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No waterfalls on this trail at this time of year but still a great hike. Plenty of ways to go wrong so definitely keep your GPS handy. Lots of elevation but beautiful views gorgeous wildflowers and really well-maintained trails.

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Jamie Fosenburg
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I do not think this is a hard trail. I think it is more moderate. Beautiful flowers, waterfalls and creeks. So worth the time.

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Sarah Alberg
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Lots of exposure so it wasn’t ideal for almost 100* heat. But on a cooler day it would be more enjoyable. The falls were just trickles on Memorial Day. We did find a shaded creekside spot tucked away off the trail where we could relax and cool off a bit. From this point on I would only recommend this trail in the very early morning or on a cloudy day. Minimal parking was found on the street on Regency

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Richard Nicoll
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The City of Clayton has recently imposed new parking restrictions on Regency Drive

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Russell Sadang
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you can still take this Trail if you take the Regency Drive Entrance. This is pretty cool. you see a lot of small waterfalls, some of them are a little further away but definitely a place to go to if you are looking to hike after work or need to get away from society

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Carly Fassio
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Charlie Martin
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Trevor Cheitlin
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Caprice Parker
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Connie Lynn Farrer
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We wanted to go the whole 11 miles... it’s too bad there isn’t one restroom or break area. Otherwise nice, challenging trail.

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Maggie Paton
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Hiking

Not much water right now, some small cascades here and there. Tough but moderate ascent. Great views of the valley.

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Mary Alden
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Beautiful day to hike! The weather was perfect! There were a few wildflowers starting to bloom; milkmaids, shooting Star, buttercups, Indian Warrior or also known as Indian paintbrush and Forget Me Not’s. The waterfalls has dried up but some water was seen in the stream. Lots and lots of beautiful Manzanita’s!

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nancy svihula
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Beautiful day for a beautiful hike. Not much water falling but everything is green! Ladybugs I mean thousands of ladybugs.

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Jesus Sanchez
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I’m from the Los Angeles area and to be able to get up on a Saturday morning to hike this wonderful mountain was fantastic! Note, it rained the night before and it was very muddy and slippery so be careful. I managed to hike 8 miles and fell right at the very end of it. Seriously, I was about 30 feet from the parking lot lol

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